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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Taste fresh-from-the-field flavors with this handmade, homegrown, and completely natural ale. Made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, this remarkable ale is the only one of its kind."

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle at the Fernwood Bar in Big Sur, CA.

So Raul was up north doing his thing, and he did it well with this bad boy. As The Three Little Chipmunks, aka "The Hot Toddies" were serenading the bar with god knows what, Raul was at least content sippin' on this bad boi and cold hard chilling.

A light, yet refreshing and spunky single IPA.

Get it my minions!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date, but knowing the story behind this beer, this should most likely be consumed as fresh as possible!

Pours a surprisingly darkened amber reddish color, complete with an enormous frothy head, filled with delightful soapy like bubbles and a semi elegant stream of carbonation ascending from the bottom part of the glass. The head never seems to truly die down, especially when I got the dregs poured in. Lacing abounds on the sides of the glass, giving the impression that this is near homebrew quality and freshness.

The aroma is definitely not as hoppy as I expected... Although there is an undeniable orange peel, lemon rind flavor that immediately hits the nostrils, it's coated with subtle phenols of all kinds, which range from light fruit yeasty notes resembling white peaches and tangerines. It's kind of grassy and definitely has a "wet" smell similar to farmhouse ales, but it's definitely all pretty blended together without being too overpowering. There's also a strongish alcohol backdrop underneath all this, but it's not enough to notice until it warms up.

The flavor consists of an initial hoppy, wet grassy flavor that curls up in the palate, but then descends into a smooth, malty finish that resembles earthy notes, as well as slight hints of caramel and sugar. To me, this is like SN's pale ale with an extra kick, and far, far fresher hops. The orange/lemon peel flavor is fantastic here, and everything tastes fantastically fresh. The malty flavors seem to become more prominent as it warms itself, but it's still loaded with hop oil here and there. The creaminess of the beer's head make it quite easy to drink, and well as perpetually juicy no matter how slowly it is taken in. What perplexes me is how dry of a flavor this has while maintaining a crisp, wet feel in body. How are they doing this? Very experimental.

To me, this beer continues the wonderful trend that so many of these gargantuan micro-breweries (excuse the oxymoron) have recently taken in wanting to bring fresher hop-focused beers in mass production. There's an extra cost, but it's worth it. This makes me envision what the head brewers at SN drink as their personal fresh batch every week, and it's beautiful. This may not be as enlightening as Stone's Enjoy By or a 2-day old batch of Pliny, but it was indeed delicious. A crowd pleaser for sure, whether among non-beer fans or connoisseurs .

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of green hops with light sweet notes and light bitter notes. Taste is a solid mix between some green hops with a solid caramel malt backbone with medium amount of residual sugars. Green hops notes are really pleasant with some good notes of citrus flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really good wet hop ale and something I would love to have more regular access to.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled....

A) Amber, fairly dark amber actually, with a little haze. A nice big thick cream colored head was created. This was well maintained. There was ample lacing.

S) Light malty sweetness, but the aroma is really about the hops producing very nice citrussy, perfumy, grassy notes.

T) A pleasant sweetness greets the tip of the tongue, but the wet hops really shine, with a big grapefruit flavor. There is light grass and a hint of grapefruit peel on the finish.

M) This is really quite smooth. It's pretty thick and full bodied. The carbonation is pretty light, but lively enough. Nice aftertaste, which is a citrus/herbal/grass combo.

O) It really came as no surprise that Estate is an excellent beer. Sierra Nevada truly knows how to craft some of the best wet hop ales you will find on the market. I would gladly recommend this brew.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a Gulden Draak tulip.

A- Very clean copper. Head is very think and sticks to every part of the glass. It's like a piece of amber molded into the glass.

S- slight grapefuit coming through, more bready malt coming though than hops. Not bad but not the best.

T- The most balanced wet hop beer i have ever tried. So good. This thing coats your tongue in flavor. A lot of bread, and toasted malt on this one. Not to bitter, and slightly dry at the end. The hops will linger for a while and bring a very pleasant floral taste that last, and doesn't make your mouth sticky. One of the best wet hop beers out. kinda tangy.

M- medium body, very creamy, you can feel the resin from the hops slide down your tongue.

must try for wet hop beer lovers, does not disappoint.

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Photo of blackwelma01
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. One that I look forward to all year. What sets this beer apart is its 'fresh hop' taste. A true example of a well done wet hop ale. Color is clear copper with medium head retention. Strong grassy, citrusy notes. Hop bitterness falls squarely in to the IPA category but the emphasis is definitely on hop flavor over IBU's. Maltiness moderate and perfect compliment to strong citrus flavor.

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Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy herbal hops atop a soft caramel.

The taste was a touch muddled with an overall earthy sensation. Leafy herbal hops, some tropical fruit and a round sweet malt detected.

The mouthfeel was soft and full.

Overall a good and well balanced ale.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean light amber in color, with a big, thick head of off-white foam. Gorgeous lace.

Nose is moist, floral, pine hoppiness. A superb start!

Taste is sharp and bold, with spicy and peppery hops and a thick malt presence underlying it, and residing at the finish. Very delicious, and a treat for IPA fans.

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Photo of philbertk
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 25.4 oz. Bottle Purchased for $8.99 + Tax at Fremont, Seattle PCC. No sediment. Lacy half inch lingering white head. Clear dull amber gold color. Lightly toasted herbal earthy aromatic fresh hop front. Earthy mildly sweet light toasted caramel medium textured body with a malty ESB flavor, fruit hints, and a touch of resinous hop oil. Crusty earthy odd minimally bitter fruit hint end. Complex refreshing smooth, but no longer class of Fresh Wet Hop Harvest Brews. (3.75 / 5.0) 6.7% ABV--66 IBU's.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Estate Release, poured from a bomber into a New Belgium snifter.

A: Really a beautiful looking beer, a very deep copper amber color, almost clear. A great light maize 3 - 4 fingers of nice thick head. This head sticks around and the lacing is thick like frosting. Well carbonated but no continuous bottom bubbling.

S: Honestly I have to admit that I was expecting more from a fresh wet hopped ale. I was geared up for grassy pine resin explosion, but the nose was pretty soft, and to me was more biscuit and malt with a little bit of pine cone hops, but very subdued.

T: A very delicious and fresh tasting beer. Even from a bottle, I could have imagined I was doing a cask chug in the Sierra Nevada Estate tap room. Very balanced taste, much less hop tastic than some other wet hopped varieties. Opens with crisp malty breadiness and nice floral and fruity balance, then the hops join in, delivering typical wet hop grassy hay punch and a little of the unique minced scallion note. Hop profile is not that resinous, mostly grapefruit and rind. But overall, very fresh and delicious, and not over the top in any direction.

M: Lovely for me, substantive enough to let you know you aren't drinking a kolsch or pils but not chewy. Nice carbonation and the slightest astringency on the finish.

Overall a very nice and balanced beer. I love the concept of brewer grown ingredients and in comes through in the freshness of this beer. This beer would be totally sessionable on tap. Fresh is the word, I would not cellar this beer, hit it now.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, capped and waxed. Fresh 2012.

appears a clear dark golden color. clear. big off-white head, great head retention and lacing - leaves rings and clumps of foam on the sides of the glass.

smell is pungent, fruity, earthy hops. grapefruit, grass, herbal. taste has just enough clean slightly biscuity malt to balance the hops. a bit spicy. hop flavors are a little vegative. medium body and carbonation that works.

overall - nice wet hop aroma.

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Estate 2012

Appearance: Unsurprisingly given Sierra Nevada’s pedigree for great looking beers, Estate pours an impressive dark gold/amber color with a massive three-and-a-half fingers of creamy, rocky, bone-white head. The head leaves swaths of gorgeous lacing on the glass as it sluggishly travels to settle in on the beer like the first snowfall on just-frozen ground. The beverage is just slightly hazy, bordering on crystal clear. There is evident carbonation, but it does not stream crazily off the bottom of the glass as in some beers. This beer looks incredible.

Aroma: Unfortunately, the nose cannot quite follow the impossibly perfect opening. The beer has a very faint nose that one must really strain to smell. There are floral hop aromas and just a hint of malt. That metallic, quintessentially Sierra Nevada aroma is there, too, something this reviewer has never found pleasing. It is hard to really say much else, as there just is not much there, which is surprising both for Sierra Nevada and for being a wet-hopped ale. It really just smells like a weaker Celebration.

Taste: Whew, the taste is salvation from the very underwhelming nose. In another surprising turn of events, this one is not as hop forward as expected, again given the Sierra Nevada namesake and the fact that it is a wet-hop ale. The malts start off the taste with a mild, balanced, earthy, biscuity sweetness. Slowly and almost unnoticeably, the taste transforms over to the floral, citrusy hops, leaving notes of tangerines, oranges, and, especially, grapefruit and grapefruit rind. This is also, finally, the first beer this reviewer has tasted the “onion” notes that come from certain hops, which is a fantastic additional dimension for this beer. Finally, the aftertaste leaves a pleasant, moderate bitterness in the back of the throat. There is lots of really good stuff going on here.

Mouthfeel: This one slides down smooth and slightly sticky. It is just thick enough to remind the drinker that they are not drinking water, and the carbonation is perfect. There is not much astringency, but the finish is rather dry, thus making the great taste new each time. It is pretty basic for the style, but very satisfying.

Overall: I would really like this beer to be available year-round. It puts Sierra Nevada’s flagship pale ale to shame, and is simply one of the best examples of the wet-hopped style. Only Surly Wet and Three Floyds Broo Doo can beat this one this year. It is entirely worth the ~$9 price of admission, though the bottle is a bit large to finish alone. This one would fly off the shelves in a six-pack, or even in a four-pack. It may be difficult for Sierra Nevada to keep up, due to the “estate” grown claim of the product. Pick this one up if it is still on the shelves around you. 16.5/20

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Photo of GPHarris
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout with thick sheeting and a billowing head. the body was a bright amber color. absolutely gorgeous beer.
s - floral hops, barley, a touch of honey sweetness.
t - toasty with some nice malt sweetness. big piney and grapefruit hop flavors that turn more toward the citrus side of it as it warms.
m - medium and slick.
o - this beer is as good an AIPA as i've ever had.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Medium-amber color with a big 4-finger frothy, bubbly cream-colored head. Excellent retention with just sheets of lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. The usual perfect appearance from Sierra Nevada.

S – Caramel malt and a nice bouquet of hops with grapefruit, onion, and very earthy aromas. Not as much hop aroma as I was expecting from a wet-hopped ale.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt, and bitterness quickly builds with grapefruit, earthy, floral, and onion notes. More hops than the aroma suggested but still not a hop bomb by any means.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a creamy, sticky, and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter finish. Earthy, spicy hops linger nicely.

O – This is a good IPA. It is definitely tasty, but not nearly as hop-forward as I was hoping from a wet-hopped ale. Still a nice and drinkable beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, clear orange-amber with a small finger of bright white head. Gentle aroma of pine and grapefruit.

Moderate carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit, light orange, and floral hops up front with mild caramel and toast. Dry pine finish.

Refreshing and balanced -- very nice.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orangeish body with a slight amber hue. Huge frothy beige head that leaves tons of lacing.

S- Huge piney hop aromas with hint of citrus and grapefruit. Slight toasted malt aroma is there too. Smells like an amplified SNPA.

T- Hops hit first with a ton of toasted malt a the middle and end. Not as hop-forward as I would have thought from the smell, but there is enough there to get the job done. Overall, pretty balanced.

M- Creamy, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Not as quenching as some IPAs, but full of flavor.

O- A very good offering. I am sure this is phenomenal right when it is bottled.

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Photo of Hopstuff
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stylish beer that is true to form. Amazing that a brewer that has grown so much can still pull off such a home grown ale that is good or great in every way. With these folks expanding to the hills of NC soon, I think these style beers from them, if given enough freedom, can become commonplace and be a staple in their lineup. The beer has a deep and perfect pine straw golden hue, which embodies the whole concept of a homegrown ale. The smell brings back memories of playing at my friends granddads farm. The taste is whole and leaves no doubt this beer was brew with the utmost care and appreciation for farm fresh tactics. This beer is special in that even if the biggest of craft breweries can take the time and effort to make such a nicely wet hopped ale, one can only imagine what is being brew right now we might never taste.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, rich orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Great retention. Thick, silky lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Notes of pink grapefruit dominate the aroma. malt buried deep beneath.

Taste - Starts with toasted biscuit malt character which lingers throughout, but are quickly overtaken by a commanding grapefruit hop bitterness. Hits on subtle earth and (almost minty) leaf notes. Finishes with a long, lingering citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Almost silky on the finish; goes down with ease.

Overall - Fantastic beer. Love the freshness. Enjoyed every drop. That said, there are comparable brews out there for considerably less (their Celebration comes to mind). $10 for a bomber does nothing to compel me to buy this again.

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Photo of gestyr
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice rich copper color with a thick fluffy head. The head is long lasting and leaves lots of lacing

S: The smell is very hops-forward. Lots of citrus hops aroma but you can also detect the malt. Rich and grainy with a caramel backbone.

T: Again, the hops dominates, as should be the case for this style. Strong flavors of citrus and piney hops followed by the malt flavor.

M: On the high side of light bodied. It feels almost creamy. Very "comfortable" mouth feel.

O: I would and will try this again. All I can speak for is the 2012 batch but I am very happy.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle poured into a tulip
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A- A very slightly hazy orange beer. A massive three finger of a dense off white head. Excellent retention.

S- Pine, resin, slight citrus, a semi sweet caramel backbone. Aroma is very crisp and pleasant but not as strong as I was expecting.

T- A bitterness up front that really doesn't overwhelm but a hop profile that just dominates the palate. A very piney aroma, a crisp, hoppy bite. Some herbal earthy notes and a slight onion. A very crisp hop flavor that reminds me a lot of an east coast IPA. Not as much citrus as I was expecting. The malt backbone is somewhat breaddy and has a good bit of caramel.

M- Fairly bitter. A clean finishing IPA. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and very smooth. Seems like it could be bottle conditioned.

O- The best fresh hop ale I have had this year. My favorite. A world class IPA

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Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A great looking brew. Crystal clear tangerine orange body, and a fine white head with nice retention and great lace. Bottom line, it makes me want to drink it.

S - Orange, lemon zest, just a touch of citrus pith, sweet caramel malt, bread custard.

T - Stellar malt profile that plays out as fresh baked bread and caramel. Spicy resin and bright grapefruit counter balance the sweetness and linger deep into the finish.

M - Nice, full body for the style. Par carbonation.

O - A great american ale, balancing big chewy malt with a wallop of big bitter hops.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my "Happy Thanksgiving" brews and probably the one I'm most excited to try. Heard very good things from the employee about this ale.

LOOK: Clear, copper tone hits the glass. BIG, frothy cream head rests on top, lingers longer than a Cranberries song (sorry) and cakes the sides of the glass with lace. VERY nice looking beer, for sure.

SMELL: Citrus/hop bomb, which is exactly what it should be. Sort of reminds me of the beach in summer. Wheat bread and that odd, handsoap-like scent that some Sierra Nevada beers have make up the second layer. Aside from that last one, it's just a welcoming scent.

TASTE/MOUTHFEEL: Medium body. This sucker is FRESH, wit the hops just exploding on to the tongue. Citrus and grassy flavors lay the taste buds to waste while the carbonation prickles through my mouth. Cereal and grains round off the flavor before leaving the mouth with a great, bitter finish. Nice stuff. Well done!

OVERALL/NOTES: Boo-ya! Tough call between this and Northern Hemisphere as to my favorite, but regardless, Sierra Nevada has some awesome IPAs. This will have to be an annual thing for me. Worth seeking out, and worth the $9.99 price tag by a long shot!

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Photo of The3rdbeer
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery tulip with 2 fingers creamy off white head that has diminished into a finger and a half with cylindrical lacing on the glass marking the initial head.

A- red tinged amber color with bubbly off white head. No haze found here nice and clean.

S- yeast and malt upfront almost no hop aroma and this is after swirling. Maybe the tiniest hint of pine.

T- bitterness of hop fades after 10 seconds leaving lite malt sweetness and ale yeast, back with the hop flavor which leaves sweet with very light tropical notes and honeycomb. If this is an IPA it's the lightest on hops I've had.

M- light side of medium, same goes for carbonation.

O- very clean beer, a novelty estate offering, a very lite hop forward IPA. Would drink again if I didn't have to buy it.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IRS snifter

A - This beauty pours a deep reddish amber. A vigorous pour produced a tremendous white fluffy head. Moderate retention with very impressive lacing. There is no hint of haze in this beer... It is crystal clear and clean.

S - Big earthy resinous hops are the primary characteristic. A bit of grapefruit shines through. Also some roasted cereal malt flavors on the nose.

T - Plenty of hops up front... Not a hop bomb per se, but it is certainly the dominant characteristic. Lots of bitter pine and resin with some citrus in there as well. The really surprising part of this beer is the balance with the deeply roasted malts in the middle. Almost a bit of smoke and hickory bark mixed with cereal grain roast flavors. Lots of sharp bitter hop on the finish.

M - This beer has a solid moth feel. The carbonation helps to bring out the flavor without distracting. Extremely dry on the finish, lending to the sharp bitterness on the end.

O - The perfect example of what a wet hop IPA should be. It's earthy, fresh, hoppy, balanced, and delicious. It's a beer that drinks bigger than it's 6.7% ABV.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, ruby red amber color; transparent. Nice creamy thick head, excellent lacing. Great appearance. Smells hoppy. Flavors are of caramel, dark fruit. Nice creamy mouthfeel, robust and satisfying without being too heavy. Hops are piney and citrusy. Well balanced. Light bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Lighter carbonation.

Overall: Excellent mouthfeel and depth of flavor. The creaminess and deliciousness of this brew is exceptional. Well balanced and high marks for the appearance, smell and lacing. Highly recommended.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,432 ratings.
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